Sugar Bears top seed in SLC tourney

Central Arkansas earned the top seed in the 2013 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament, which is slated to begin Friday at the Dugan Wellness Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Sugar Bears (26-3, 18-0 Southland) won their second consecutive regular-season title and are the defending tournament champions. The Sugar Bears will try to become the first team to repeat as tournament champion since former Southland member Texas State won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005.

UCA became the fifth team since 2000 to finish the regular season undefeated in conference play with an 18-0 record. UCA is riding a 19-match win streak into the postseason and has won its last 25 matches against league opponents dating back to last season.

The Sugar Bears will play eighth-seeded Stephen F. Austin (16-15, 8-10 Southland), at 4 p.m. Friday. The Ladyjacks lost both matches in straight sets to Central Arkansas in the regular-season.

The semifinals will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with the championship match starting Sunday at 2:05 p.m. The winner earns the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

UCA’s Schnars
gets SLC honor

The University of Central Arkansas’ Heather Schnars, an outside hitter, has been named the Offensive Player of the Week in Volleyball in the Southland Conference.

She led Central Arkansas (26-3, 18-0 SLC) with 4.50 kills per set and a hitting percentage of .314 last week in victories against Northwestern State, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana. The Downey, Calif., native collected a match-high in kills in all three matches, registering 19 against the Lady Demons, 11 against UNO, and 15 against Southeastern to help the Sugar Bears finish the regular-season 18-0 in conference play and earn the top seed in this week’s conference tournament.

Hendrix players get regional honors

Hendrix College senior Jennifer Koller and freshman Gabryele Pochron have been named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region Second Team.

Koller, a defender from Woodbury, Conn., ranked fourth in the nation and led the Southern Athletic Association with a school record 18 defensive saves. She also scored on goal on the year. Koller ended her career as the all-time leader in defensive saves in program history. She was also an All-SAA First Team selection this year.

Pochron, a goalkeeper from Reading, Pa., ranked second in the nation with 18.07 saves per game. She was also second in the SAA with 253 saves and recorded a .738 save percentage. Pochron broke the Warrior program records for saves this season. She was the SAA Newcomer of the Year and selected to the all-conference first team.